Celebrating Moms, Celebrating Women

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

During my presentation and book reading last Saturday at the Natrona County Library, they sat next to young children or held babies in their arms. On the drive a few short hours later to a different community’s bookstore, one sat in the back seat of my vehicle next to her little one buckled into a car seat. Of whom do I speak? Moms.

Mother’s Day, which began during the early 1900s, arrives on Sunday. I’ll be with my mom that day as I travel this weekend to my parents’ home in Denton, Montana. With every year that passes, I treasure each Mother’s Day I’m able to share with my mom. Although she views it as “just another day” in her nonchalant “don’t make a big deal of things” attitude, I view it as a day of blessing. I love my mother, I admire my mother, I respect her and I cherish her. She is not only the woman who raised Gayle and Mom_Little Snowy Rangeme (and did so with great love, encouragement, and selflessness), she is also my dear friend. I confide in her, I cry on her shoulder, and I celebrate positive things with her; she is always there for me. We may not agree on some things, including politics, but we respect one another and listen to each other. And, we dearly love and respect one another.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I not only give a shout-out to women who have the difficult yet loving job of raising children, but I also raise a glass in toast of all women, especially those I know — for we all “birth” and/or care for something in our own way. I have friends who have raised children as single moms, most no fault of their own (husbands committing adultery and widowed at a young age). I know women whose boyfriends/ fiancés decided to leave when the ladies became pregnant (I work part-time at a pregnancy center, and this happens frequently).  Many of my friends are “mom” to furry “kids” as well as to human children, and other women, like me, didn’t have babies from their womb but do have children of their heart (both furry ones and adopted human children). And, even those who never married and have no kids, but they run businesses, work at jobs, and volunteer for non-profits. Women do many things, and a lot of them balance several things, whether they are mothers to human or furry children or not.

Gayle with Stacy and CindyWomen are smart, they are talented, they have strong work ethics, and they are compassionate. Yet, it’s challenging to be a woman. From our sex-driven culture (movies, TV, magazines, prostitution, sex trafficking) to the lower wages women earn in the workplace, difficulties still prevail in our society and between the genders even after years of greater equality and justice. It’s no longer an Ozzie and Harriet world, some of which isn’t so bad (including increased numbers of women in management roles, as business owners, and serving as scientists, college presidents, and state governors); yet, there is still a road to travel to have men and women be seen, and treated, as equals.

Gayle_Lea_Casey_Leah_booksigningSo, this Mother’s Day, I celebrate my own mother and other women in my life who make an impact, not just upon me but upon other people. I celebrate my deceased grandmothers, especially Grandma Mardy who encouraged me to attend college and expressed her pride about my writing. I honor my many female friends, those who are moms to human children and to furry kids; those who are writers and other creatives and those who use their talents and skills in other productive ways; those who are facing health challenges and preserving through those situations; those who have lost their spouses and children; those who volunteer to help others in need; those who run their own businesses and those who work two or more jobs to make ends meet – all of my female friends and family make life more beautiful because of who they are and what they do. I love and admire every one of you, including my Writing Wranglers and Warrior friends!

Happy Mother’s Day to women everywhere!

 

Gayle_CHS booktable34Gayle M. Irwin is an award-winning Wyoming writer. She is the author of several inspirational pet books for children and adults, and she freelances for newspapers and magazines. Her most recent release is a children’s picture book titled A Kind Dog Named Mary, about her springer/cocker mix that is trained as a therapy dog. Gayle has contributed stories to many different Chicken Soup for the Soul books, including the 2014 release The Dog Did What? and last year’s release The Spirit of America, in which she writes about America’s national parks. She supports various pet rescue organizations as a volunteer and with contributions from her book sales. Learn more about Gayle and her writing and speaking endeavors at www.gaylemirwin.com.

 

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18 Responses to Celebrating Moms, Celebrating Women

  1. Nancy Jardine says:

    That’s a fabulous tribute, Gayle! Enjoy being with your mum soon.

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  2. Neva Bodin says:

    A very nice tribute to mothers of all kinds! While I have two girls I’m very proud of, I also have mothered many since quite small–dolls, baby animals of all kinds, and human kids. Mothering is one of the most important, and oft-times least thanked, job women have. And most difficult. But I say that’s why we have soft spots, in our hearts and on our bodies, as comforting our children (no matter furry ones or not) are a big part of that job.

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    • Thank you, Neva. I certainly know you have a nurturing spirit, and a kind and loving heart. Thank you for all you do, all you’ve done, and all you will do in the future! Blessings, my friend!

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  3. A very happy Mother’s Day to you. You are both inspiring and motivational. One of my role models…..Thank you Gayle!

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  4. Mike Staton says:

    Nice tribute to mothers. I don’t have a living mother anymore, but I do hold my memories of her close to me. I’m sure my sister’s three grown daughters are doing something nice for her.

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    • Thanks for reading, Mike, and for leaving a comment. I asked my mom when I visited during the weekend if she thought of her mother a lot (Gram’s been gone since 1990) and she said “yes — I even think sometimes ‘I have to tell this to Mom’ and then realize I can’t.” Both Gram and Mom were/are wonderful ladies; I am truly blessed knowing strong, compassionate, kind, loving ladies, inside and outside of family ties.

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  5. Barb says:

    What a beautiful tribute to our mom’s. I really miss mine. Thanks so much for reminding me how truly remarkable women are. Happy Mother’s Day!

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    • Thank you, Barb — I appreciate the read and the kind words. My mother is 78 and my dad nearly 81; I think a lot about when I lose them and how much I will miss them. I’m thankful to have a close relationship with my parents, especially my mom. Hope you enjoyed a delightful Mother’s Day weekend!

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  6. Gayle, I hope you and your family have a relaxing, enjoyable Mother’s Day.

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  7. Doris says:

    Well said, Gayle. Regardless of who are mothers are/were, they made us what we are today. For that reason alone, they need to be honored. If it weren’t for our fore-mothers, life would be so different. So, I agree, hats of to mothers of all kinds. Doris

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Doris. I’ve been blessed by the women in my life, both inside and outside of family. Much falls on our shoulders, whether we’re mom to human children or not. Even in my days of singleness, I carried a lot of responsibility, and I know many single moms with even more responsibility as they raise children with little to no help from the kids’ dad. Women are truly amazing, and I’m thankful to know you as one of those amazing ladies!

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  8. Kathy Waller says:

    Lovely post, Gayle. As you say, there are lots of women out there who have no children but are moms to a lot of people, and animals, too.

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    • Thanks, Kathy — I appreciate you reading the post and commenting. As I’ve mentioned, women are truly amazing — gifted, talented, compassionate, kind, strong, intelligent: I’m thankful to know so many ladies like that, including those in this group!

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  9. Wranglers says:

    Mom’s make the world go round. I had one of the best ones in the whole world. I could fill pages talking about her worth. Thanks Gayle for making Mom’s feel special. Cher’ley.

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  10. Mike Staton says:

    Some days, out of nowhere a thought will seep into consciousness to call my mom. Of course, I can’t. I sure do wish I could. On Mother’s Day, I find myself recalling memories of mom and I doing stuff together when I had become an adult. I know I got much closer to her when I passed beyond my childhood.

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